Nation’s Leading Nonprofits Urge Congress to Ensure Nonprofits are Included in Next Stimulus Package

National Council of Nonprofits

As the House of Representatives is on the verge of acting on H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, the nation’s charitable nonprofits strongly urge leaders in both the House and Senate to take swift action to ensure that nonprofits of all sizes receive critical relief so they can continue to serve their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We are grateful that the HEROES… Read more »

Learn, Shop, and do Activities at the McNay Art Museum online!

McNay Art Museum

      Todd Oldham’s Fashion Wonderland By 1992, some of the most desired supermodels of the decade graced Todd Oldham runways, from a fresh-faced 18-year-old Tyra Banks, to others including Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Christy Turlington. With the models beaming and twirling down the runway and the digital prints and crochet textiles they wore so well, Oldham’s kitsch-embracing styles sent… Read more »

Campus Speech 2020: New Survey reveals college student views on free speech and inclusivity

Gallup and Knight Foundation - Evette Alexander 

On May 5, 2020, Gallup and Knight Foundation released a new report on college students and their attitudes about Free Speech. Knight’s Evette Alexander shares insights below. View the full report and additional insights here. For some time now, the practice of free speech on college campuses has been challenged by America’s increasingly complex social and political fabric — particularly heading into a hotly contested… Read more »

Funding Alert – Grants and Opportunities

The Texas Department of State Health Services Funding Information Center

Funding News and Grant Tips Episcopal Health Foundation has announced a $10 million plan to help address the long-term impact of COVID-19, including a grant program, an emergency loan fund, and a research project. The grant program will help current grantees and partners continue their operations during the public health emergency with a focus on those directly involved in COVID-19 response and serving disproportionately affected… Read more »

New CEP Study Sheds Light on Foundations’ Efforts to Influence Policy

The Center for Effective Philanthropy

Foundations’ engagement in public policy has contributed to advances in society in areas from civil rights to consumer protections to public health. At the same time, and with greater intensity in recent years, the role of philanthropy in influencing policy has been the subject of scrutiny.  How many foundations are working to influence policy? What are they seeking to accomplish through this work? What… Read more »

The future is not what it used to be: Thoughts on the shape of the next normal

McKinsey & Company

One possible next normal is that decisions made during and after the crisis lead to less prosperity, slower growth, widening inequality, bloated government bureaucracies, and rigid borders. Or it could be that the decisions made during this crisis lead to a burst of innovation and productivity, more resilient industries, smarter government at all levels, and the emergence of a reconnected world. Neither is inevitable; indeed, the outcome is probably more likely to be a mix.

Learn how to garden: GrowNYC Provides Online Assistance to Gardeners and Launches Virtual Teaching Garden at Governors Island


GrowNYC announces expanded online help for gardeners. GrowNYC is, and has always been, a resource for New Yorkers who want to support farmers and a healthy regional food system, as well as for those who endeavor to eat local foods and even grow their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Our Green Space program encompasses community gardens, school gardens, and a Teaching Garden on Governors… Read more »

Texas State respiratory therapy students joining the front lines against pandemic

Texas State University

Ascension Seton Williamson medical center in Round Rock has hired 10 seniors from Texas State University’s respiratory care program to help shore up a personnel shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Respiratory Care, part of the College of Health Professions at Texas State’s Round Rock Campus, previously loaned four ventilators to Ascension Seton Williamson to help treat patients afflicted with the… Read more »

We Need You: COVID-19 Response

International Exotic Animal Sanctuary

COVID-19 and IEAS Though we are temporarily closed, our 70 animals are still being well taken care of by our dedicated team of caregivers. We have cancelled a number of tours, field trips, and events that generally help fund a non-profit organization such as ourselves. For this reason, we are asking for you to support the animals over the upcoming days, weeks, and months. Donate Today Amazon… Read more »

Very Different Times Indeed…

Alpha Home

From the CEO     A lot has happened since our last newsletter. Alpha Home is considered an essential business and we are providing essential recovery services to all of our clients, we are just having to adapt.   I am continually reminded of the phrase said by Mackenzie Phillips at our 14th Annual Doorways of Hope Luncheon just over a month ago,  … Read more »

Take a look at these really fun Virtual Experiences: At-Home Art Projects, Bayou Bend Goes Virtual + 3 NewFilms

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Create your own colorful beads inspired by a ceremonial hat – Looking for in-home art activities? We have you covered! The inspiration for this family-friendly art project comes from the Chief’s Ceremonial Hat in the MFAH collection of African art. Take it a step further and create your own animals, hats, or wearable art.

Or take a virtual tour through Bayou Bend! And then there are three new films to watch on demand at home!

All Artists Invited to Participate in Exhibit

The Art Center of Corpus Christi

All artists are invited to submit to an online exhibition entitled “Flatten the Curve”.   The Art Center of Corpus Christi will share the exhibition on their Facebook page which has over 10,000 followers and digitally once the galleries reopen.   The exhibit offers an opportunity for artists of all levels to show what they have created recently.  Viewers will get to see the many different… Read more »

Vogel Alcove: Donate and help support a mom and her kids!

Vogel Alcove

Hello, I don’t normally send you emails like this … but these are not normal times. Vogel Alcove needs your help TODAY! We have worked so hard to move our families from homelessness into housing and greater family stability, but as we enter yet another week of the Shelter-in-Place order, the coronavirus is threatening to push our families back into homelessness by devastating their… Read more »

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation Welcomes a New Executive Director!

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation

The San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) Board of Directors and staff welcome their new Executive Director, Amy Hone to the organization. Hone succeeds Interim Executive Director Tim Plant, who in turn succeeded long term President/CEO Tracey Bennett.  Hone will lead the SAPLF efforts in support of the San Antonio Public Library system, working to strengthen libraries in service to the community. The SAPLF… Read more »

Contemporary Art Inspires students Competing in the 16th Annual WilsonArt Challenges Student Chair Design Competition


The principles of contemporary art was the theme that inspired students at Ryerson School of Interior Design to design and build chairs for the 16thAnnual Wilsonart Challenges Student Chair Design Competition. Beyond basic form and function, each design was also informed by how students used expressive and stylistic contemporary elements such as movement, proportion, contrast or balance. When creating their chairs, students used patterns… Read more »

New funding opportunity: Help shape the future of health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

What can we do today to create a better, more equitable tomorrow? Through this new funding opportunity, RWJF seeks to understand and anticipate what dramatic changes we might see in the next five to 15 years in four areas: 1) Future of Evidence; 2) Future of Social Interaction; 3) Future of Food; and Future of Work. Additionally, this call for proposals seeks to support… Read more »

Optimism, communication, and leadership: Fundraising during COVID-19

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Fundraising during a global pandemic is not an easy task. How can fundraisers stay optimistic, yet realistic, during this time? How can they properly communicate and steward donors? How can fundraisers be leaders? So, we asked the experts about these topics. See what they have to say below.

Enroll for FREE classes on GCBO’s Online Bird School – learn something fascinating!

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Welcome to GCBO’s Online Bird School!   Stuck at home in your nest? In these trying times, we thought it would be a cool idea to publish some online lessons about birds, conservation, and more!   Kids and adults who are staying home can become birders, researchers, and wildlife advocates from their living rooms. Right now, we have ten courses, all of which are… Read more »

Big Ideas TXST podcast tells the story of narco traffickers who are pushing deeper and deeper into the remote rainforests of Central America, clearcutting huge swaths to establish cattle ranches to launder drug money

Texas State University

Jennifer Devine, assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Texas State University, and Nate Currit, associate professor and director of the Texas Center for Geographic information Sciences, discuss the staggering environmental destruction and human suffering being wrought in episode 5 of the Big Ideas TXST podcast.            Narco traffickers are pushing deeper and deeper into the remote rainforests of Central America, clearcutting huge swaths to… Read more »

SAMMinstries Emergency Assistance Fund


As we face this time of uncertainty together, we need your help to keep our community healthy and vibrant. Our immediate needs are to keep our staff and clients safe, without interrupting program and service delivery. While we have made modifications to include digital client visits and working remotely for non-essential staff, we remain operational and serving San Antonio’s most vulnerable populations. In the… Read more »